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Comment: Remote communities already do this (Score 1) 733

by stiggle (#46746739) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Any remote/island community is already living in this sort of situation.

They're generally self-sufficient for food. They're able to make most spare parts as it takes weeks/months to get something from "civilisation". But probably most important is everyone knows who has which skills and more than one person in the community has those skills.

Comment: Similarly planned JIMO was canned in 2005 (Score 1) 100

by stiggle (#46691969) Attached to: NASA Laying Foundation For Jupiter Moon Space Mission

This was originally canned by Bush in 2005 due pushing all the budget into manned missions with Constellation, which was then canned by Obama pushing stuff back to robotic science missions.

JIMO was to be a development testbed of a lot of interesting technologies - hence the crazy price tag, but you needed something with a long lasting power supply (nuclear fission reactor) to enable it to stay out that far without relying on solar panels, plus it would investigate the other icy moons on flybys while it navigated to Europa. Also the vehicle would be assembled in orbit

Comment: Re:Microsoft access his hotmail account? (Score 1) 197

by stiggle (#46541845) Attached to: Ex-Microsoft Employee Arrested For Leaking Windows 8

Microsoft own the server/service and the users agree to the Terms and Conditions of use.
These include the right to rummage through the emails, delete stuff at will and terminate the account, all without notice.
This with Microsoft complaining about Google using gmail information for targeting ads.

Comment: Wander into a bar holding up a video camera (Score 4, Interesting) 921

by stiggle (#46357243) Attached to: Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass

See if the response is the same.
Tell the patrons that its OK, you're not actually recording anything despite holding the camera in a manner to record.

Or you could just put the Google Glass in your pocket and socialise with your friends without the need for a constant internet connection.

Comment:'ll be able to scream, 'fire the lasers!'" (Score 1) 376

by stiggle (#46227169) Attached to: Laser Headlights Promise More Intense, Controllable Beams

If you're screaming "Fire the lasers" then you're an idiotic BMW driver. Those clueless morons who have no idea as to the rules of the road, good manners, or the English language. It is "Shoot the lasers". You can only 'fire' a firearm - as it is the method of introducing fire to the propellant to launch the projectile.

Although saying that - burning down their superbright blinding headlights would be a bonus for other road users, so perhaps "firing the lasers" would be beneficial, along with firing the rest of the BMW including the driver :-)

Comment: Re:Judging Performance (Score 1) 192

by stiggle (#46208737) Attached to: Cops With Google Glass: Horrible Idea, Or Good One?

Police performance should be judged on the public perception and reporting of crime.
Its not how many tickets you issue - its how safe the neighborhood feels to the public that live there.
So if speeding in the neighborhood is an issue the public have then that is one of the areas the police should tackle, if the public aren't worried about the traffic then the police shouldn't be concentrating on speeding tickets and should look at those areas where the public are highlighting issues.

I know, its a crazy idea that the public should be guiding the policing policy :-)

Comment: Re:Big sports fan and I've bought counterfeit stuf (Score 2) 133

by stiggle (#46118551) Attached to: Feds Grab 163 Web Sites, Snatch $21.6 Million In NFL Counterfeit Gear

Often the manufacturers of the legitimate sportswear get a contract to make 10,000 shirts. So to cover the expected rejects, they make 12,000 shirts with the knowledge they'll have 10,000 good shirts to supply to the customer. Now what to do with the 2000 shirts they made extra and/or were rejected due to manufacturing issues (label upsidedown, etc) - they sell them on. They don't get the little hologram label saying its legit, but its made in the same factory by the same people, its just outside of the contracted numbers.

Never put off till run-time what you can do at compile-time. -- D. Gries